After the infamous unveiling of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's deeds, northern flank of the country was almost in a curfew. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the fl
After the infamous unveiling of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s deeds, northern flank of the country was almost in a curfew.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the flamboyant chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect who built an empire worth thousands of crores, is growing vegetables in jail.
On 25 August 2017, a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana, delivered its verdict in a sexual assault case regarding a former Dera sadhvi, finding Ram Rahim guilty of two counts of rape. The 50-year-old self-styled godman has millions of followers. Once the guru of style and bling now incarcerated, rots in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping his two disciples.
Outside his barrack, there is a small plot of vacant land measuring about 900 sq yards. Ram Rahim spend his time there growing vegetables, pruning trees eight hours a day just for Rs 20. “His task is to grow vegetables in this land,” said KP Singh, director general of Haryana prisons department said. It is risky to expose him to other convicts, he also added.
The officials assign convicts some work depending on their skills. The prison authorities had no use for the self-styled spiritual guru’s skills that helped him build a sprawling 800-acre campus. Which in fact makes up for the Dera headquarters 200 km away. Complete with a 7-star hotel and also replicas of Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and Disney Palace.
He will get a daily wage of Rs. 20 for each day of work, the rate for unskilled labour.
For now, Mr Singh said Ram Rahim was preparing the plot for sowing the vegetables next week. In addition, he will also have to tend to a few trees and keep him in good shape. As a matter of fact, the produce from the cultivation will be put to use in the jail mess.
He described the high-profile inmate as a “disciplined prisoner” as he dismissed reports that Ram Rahim was being extended any special treatment.
Guilty of two counts of rape, Ram Rahim also stands in trail for encouraging 400 followers to undergo castration. In addition to all the crimes he is accountable for the murder of a journalist in 2002.